The following is a list of requirements students must fulfill to complete The Leadership Program at Illinois College.
- Apply and be accepted to the program.
- Meet with the director to discuss your leadership interests and goals. Develop your academic and co-curricular plans. These plans can be revisited as necessary and appropriate.
- Complete five courses that address your leadership focus. These must include IS 205:Meaningful Leadership in a Democracy, a second course that includes a significant service-learning component, no more than two courses from any single discipline, and no more than one course from your major(s)/minor(s).
- Meet (at least) monthly with your campus mentor and the program director.
- Seek, assume, and excel in major campus leadership position(s).
- Attend (at least) two LEADERshops or other approved workshops each semester you are in the program. If you plan to study off-campus, you may attend LEADERshops/workshops in advance of or following your off-campus experience.
- Complete a total of (at least) 300 hours of service. In general, then, students entering the program in their first year should plan to complete approximately 40 hours per semester (2.5 hours per week). Students entering in their second year should plan on 50 hours a semester or about 3.5 hours a week.
- Collect and retain evidence of integrative learning, leadership development, service reflection, and other activities to be included in your portfolio.
- Submit an updated single-page resume and a more developed curriculum vitae at the completion of each academic year that includes your leadership and service.
- Submit your leadership portfolio to the Leadership Program Oversight Committee at the completion of your program.
Lincoln Leadership Fellows
- Complete 1-9 in the above list.
- Complete a capstone leadership project (which may be associated with your major if approved) and present your work publicly.
- Complete (at least) 500 total hours of service.
- Formally request of the Leadership Program Oversight Committee that you be considered for Lincoln Leadership Fellow status, based upon your work, accomplishments, and portfolio.